Walnut Ridge escapes Watkins Memorial 24-13 @WR_Athletics @Watkins_FB @NewarkAdvocate
Written by: David Burnworth on Friday, September 6th, 2019
Last night in Pataskala the Watkins Warriors hosted Columbus Walnut Ridge in a game that was played before a good size crowd, for a Thursday night game that was televised on the CW Network. Watkins came into this one 1-0, with their win over Columbus Whetstone by the score of 38-19. Walnut Ridge also came in with a 1-0 record, with their win over City League For, Columbus Mifflin by the score of 64-0.
This one started off with both defenses dominating. Tony Calovini from Watkins stopped Javarus Leach on a third and two to force a Walnut Ridge punt just 1:13 seconds into the game. From there it would be James Miller of the Scots stopping Watkins quarterback Liston Shroyer for a short loss about one minute later. Staying with the defensive theme Jamarius Dinkins would also stop Shroyer for a loss also forcing a punt. Calovini made his 2nd big play of the quarter, when he pounced on Leach again, forcing a short loss on the play. Daaron Brown picked off Shroyer to keep the defensive battle going. The final play of the quarter that was big, came when Watkins was forced to punt and on the play the Scots was called for roughing the punter.
Watkins got two nice plays from its defense to get the 2nd quarter started. The first was a Calovini tackle for a four yard loss on Antonio Felts, the 2nd being a sack on Scots quarterback Howard Thornton by Aaron Ziomek and Anthony Knoblauch. The Scots finally got the scoreboard to change, when Qian Magwood scored on a 72 yard catch and run. The point after try failed leaving this a 6-0 game, with 4:20 left in the half.
After Marshawn Mankins sacked Shroyer the Scots defense would quickly get the ball back to its offense by forcing a punt. From there the Warriors defense dug in deep and quickly forced the Scots into a fourth and long. Lined up in punt formation Magwood took the snap quickly threw a short pass to Mankins, who hauled it in and dashed 50 yards for another score to make this a 12-0 game,, with :26 left in the half.
Just a minute into the third quarter Antonio Tucker sacked Shroyer for an 11 yard loss. From there it was more defense, until 2:48 seconds showed on the clock, that is when Shroyer, who faced heavy pressure as he had all night stood tall in the pocket and threw deep downfield to a wide opened Seth Cook for a 63 yard touchdown, after Cullen Mcfarland added the point after we had a 12-7 game. The Scots would need just two plays to light up the scoreboard again. Leach galloped to a 16 yard gain, then it was a 46 yard touchdown run by Marwan Perkins to make this a 18-7 game.
Just nine seconds into the final frame Shroyer hit Cook for a 55 yard touchdown and all of a sudden this was a 18-13 game. Facing 4th and four the Scots got a nice catch from Kaveon Ross to give the Scots a first and goal at the four. The catch was a redemption for Ross, who dropped a pass earlier in the game. The drive came to a climax at the 8:45 mark, when Antonio Felts muscled his way into the end zone to make this a 24-13 game. There would be no more scoring, but the defense roared again when Damien Whaley secured the win with another Scots pick.
PASSING 12-25 2 TD’S
PASSING 5-12 2 TD’S 2 INT’S
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